The original Indian Guides and Indian Princess Programs sprang from the efforts of Harold Keltner and Joe Friday in 1927 and guided many generations of fathers and sons and fathers and daughters.
In 2001, the previous sponsoring organization began removing the Native American theme (and all such references) from their programs official literature. On August 1, 2003, the move was made official and the Indian Guides and Indian Princess Programs were replaced by a newly developed program of their own.
In an effort to remain true to the traditions and heritage of the original programs established by Keltner and Friday, and to continue to honor the Native American theme, on August 13, 2003, the leadership of the Yo-He-Wah Indian Princess Program and the Wichita Nation Indian Guides Program joined together and voted unanimously to combine their resources and establish Bear Creek Federation, Inc.
In 2004, the Trail Mates and the Tatanka Nation joined Bear Creek Federation, Inc. bringing total membership to exceed 2,500 active participants. In late 2010 The Caddo Nation based out of Allen, TX joined Bear Creek Federation with over 200 members strong and surpassed 400 members in 2013.